Author: Wilson Lai

FASA Class of 2019 Freshman Features #3

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The third instalment of the Class of 2019 Freshmen! Get to know Pi from Thailand and Amanda from Malaysia.

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Where is your favourite place to do schoolwork?

Fisk language lab (and my room)

Do you have any interesting extracurricular activities that you are participating in this semester?

Kung Fu & Mindfulness and Wesleyan Women in Science

What has been your favourite class this semester?

Computer Science II

What do you do when you miss home?

Cook Thai food

What is your current project/homework/paper that takes the most of your time?

Linear Algebra homework!!

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Where is your favourite place to do schoolwork?

Usdan. People sometimes call me Usdan girl.

What do you think is Wesleyan’s hidden gem?

The Center for the Humanities building on Pearl Street—I love its design.

What has been your favourite experience so far at Wesleyan?

Walking back to my dorm at around 5pm (in the winter) and seeing Olin’s silhouette against the darkening blue sky. The color gradient was right out of Photoshop. It was so beautiful!

What has been your favourite class this semester?

The Political Theology class on Zionism. I love the readings. They’ve given me so much insight into Judaism, Jewish culture and the arguments for Israel’s existence. It’s a very, very small seminar (so far there are only 4 of us), but we have very lively, logical discussions. The class is helping me become the incisive thinker I want to be.

What would you say to people interested in applying to the Freeman Asian Scholarship?

1. Do your research (don’t be afraid to reach out)
2. Write about what you’re thoroughly interested in
3. Be yourself on paper and in person

FASA Class of 2019 Freshman Features #2

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The second instalment of the Class of 2019 Freshmen! Get to know Zach from Vietnam and Amira from Indonesia.

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What is your current project/homework/paper that takes the most of your time?

Elementary Chinese, because the course composes of 2 different classes, and I have class time as well as homework every day.

Where is your favourite place to do schoolwork?

I don’t know if I should say this… But the Olin Reserve Desk? That’s my work-study job on campus. The Reserve Desk is a place in the library where professors put certain books on reserve for their courses and students can borrow them for a 2-4 hour period, and my job is to man the desk and assist these students when they come in to borrow/return/renew books. But in between it’s also where I get to do homework without distractions from friends or food or naps.

What do you think is Wesleyan’s hidden gem?

– Me
– The books shelved in the Olin stacks. I’ve found books here that I couldn’t find in Vietnam, or Kinokuniya Singapore (largest bookstore in Southeast Asia for 10 years until 2007).
– The gender neutral bathroom in Fisk Hall after 5pm

What would you say to people interested in applying to the Freeman Asian Scholarship?

It is worth it. People like to ask me how it’s been and how I’m liking it so far a lot, and every time I uhh and ahh and they think I’m not impressed or I don’t like it, but that’s just because I’m a social retard who doesn’t know how to talk. And also because Wesleyan has been exactly what I want and expected, so there’s really not much to say. Honestly I’m just grateful to be here.

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Where is your favourite place to do schoolwork?

Second floor of Olin Library. Although I also do a lot of my work in my room either on my desk or on my bed. (And occasionally on Wilson’s floor)

What do you think is Wesleyan’s hidden gem? 

Russell House. Definitely Russell House. It’s the big, old, white house on the corner of Washington and High. Very beautiful interior. Very well preserved. (It’s also a National Historic Landmark so you should definitely check it out) But upper-classmates say it’s haunted so beware.

What do you do when you miss home?

I call my family and ask them how they’re doing. I also like to make tea (with tea leaves, not tea bags) that I brought from home.

What has been your favourite experience so far at Wesleyan?

I don’t really have a “favourite” experience just yet, but the most interesting experience that I’ve had so far was witnessing the total lunar eclipse on Foss Hill. Lots of people came and they even clapped at the peak of the eclipse. It was bizarre but definitely something that I will always remember.

FASA Class of 2019 Freshman Features #1

Hi! This year we will be continuing on the yearly tradition of posting Freshman Features on the FASA blog. Get to know your new Freemans from the Class of 2019! We have asked a few questions to these new Wesleyan students about their life back at home and their new life here at Wes!

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Where is your favourite place to do schoolwork?

The third floor of Olin library.

What has been your favourite class this semester?

I’d say my favorite class right now is Environmental History and Visual Studies. This course allows me to have a broad perspective on environmental change and issue since we look at them through visual images and films, which express more than words can describe. I was also able to visit the special collection at Olin as a class, and I’m loving writing image analyses for this class (although I usually don’t like writing papers.)

What do you do when you miss home?

Eat cup noodles:) Or, hit up every single family member and friend until I find someone who can skype regardless of the thirteen hour time difference.

Do you have a plan on what classes you are going to take next semester?

Yes! So far, I’m thinking of taking Intro to Network Analysis, Intro to Programming, Multivariable Calc and the Study of Film music.

Where is your favourite place to do schoolwork?

Foss hill

What has been your favourite class this semester?

Acting One. Damn it! It was soooo fun! We run, jump, roll on the floor and hug each others in the class. The scenes we act are super creative and fun like when I shot my dad’s girlfriend and escaped from jail. We spent most of the time laughing. We also have field trips. It’s a class that we can truly make friends with each others because of our intimate interaction.

 Do you have a plan on what classes you are going to take next semester?

– Private Vocal Course
– Painting
– Econ
– Politics

What do you do when you miss home?

Go hang out with friends

Freeman Asian Scholars Dinner Fall 2015

The ground was a sea of yellow and brown, as the merry colors of fall began to fade away into the brilliant whiteness of winter. It was a fine, temperate Saturday evening, the 17th of October, as the Freeman Scholars of Wesleyan gathered for group photos on the steps of the Wesleyan Film Center. While most scholars donned (semi) formal wear, kudos to those who sported colorful traditional costumes from their home countries!

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After the photo shoot, the annual Freeman Scholar’s Dinner was held in the warmth of Beckham Hall, Wesleyan University. It was a fancy affair indeed! Smartly­ dressed waiters waltzed around with silver plates of Asian finger food such as sushi, deep­fried spring rolls, and samosas; and drinks were available at an open bar.

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After some opening remarks from Barbara­Jan Wilson (Vice President for University Relations) and John Driscoll (the ‘Fight Song Guy’), everyone tucked in to enjoy a scrumptious three­course meal.

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Every year, the incoming freshman class and outgoing senior class will treat the audience to a performance. The freshmen performance was culturally illuminating and diverse— showcasing Indonesian dance by Amira, Thai music by Pi, Chinese opera by Olivia, and everyone coming together for a grand sing­along in the finale.

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The senior class screened some extremely entertaining videos and performed a skit that involved an investment banking interview, people in large boxes, crudely drawn self­ portraits, and a good dose of philosophical confusion.

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Many Freeman alumni made it to the dinner for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, and donated to the Freeman Fund for future scholars. Everyone who donated received a complimentary Polaroid picture for sentimental keepsakes.

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The event was a success, and everyone left with smiles on their faces. The fun didn’t end there— an after­party was held at a Freeman seniors’ house that lasted into the wee hours of morning! ‘Eat, drink, and be merry’, as the saying goes, and indeed, who could ask more of life?

Written by Justin Liew

Fall 2015 FASA Potluck and Election

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On September 19th, this year’s FASA potluck took place, welcoming eleven new members to the FASA family. Attendance was unprecedentedly high and the community felt like a family more than ever. After a brief introduction by each of the scholars, FASA Co‐Chair Victor went through all the events that the EXCO had organized for the past year and the announced the fruit of our fundraising effort. Victor’s team also initiated several reforms of the EXCO’s operational and financial structures that aimed to make the team more efficient and transparent. Changes include launching the new Media and Publications Committee (MPC) under the EXCO and channeling part of the money raised to organizing social events for current scholars. These were well‐received by all members.

We also elected a new EXCO, whose enthusiasm and reliability would help to further foster the bonds between our members. This year’s EXCO includes:

Victor Goh​

2016

Co‐chair

​Carlo Medina

2018​

Co‐chair

​Jiyoon Park

2018

Secretary

​Eki Ramadhan

2016

FAC

​Amanda Yeoh

2016

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​Tuan Nguyen

2016

PARC

​Olivia Cai

2019​

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​Aqila Putri

2018

SAC

​Gayon Yang

2019​

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Wilson Lai

2019

MPC

Justin Liew

2018

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By now, many must wonder how the food was. Please see below for several pictures from the event and of what our scholars prepared for the potluck.

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Our Freeman spirit, it lives on!!!

Written by Tuan Nguyen